Kimberly Cobian

Kimberly Cobian is a multi-faceted literary & performance artist & an arts and cultural community organizer from North Whittier, CA. She is an active educator, writer, and belly dancer. Fascinated by the Gypsy proverb: “How can you walk straight, when the road bends”. She believes artists do the same in their life whether its making it or creating it, the soul knows which is the “tacho drom”, or the truest path.

 

She has been in love with the written word since childhood, when she first began to express herself creatively, making use of her imagination. It was Christopher Trevilla, President of Nuvein who saw this very same passion in her at a poetry reading at Half Off Books in Whittier, and introduced himself and Nuvein to Kim over the course of a year, before formally inviting her to join the board as its current resident gitana poeta organizer. She has been a proud Director at Nuvein since January 2012.

 

Kimberly is also the President of the ZZyZx WriterZ, a dynamic group of poets, writers, musicians, artists, and performers from across Los Angeles. Based out of El Sereno/Alhambra, the ZZyZx WriterZ are one of the organizing influences behind the arts and culture renaissance of El Sereno, as they organize a monthly poetry and performance open mic at the thriving Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea.

 

Yet the grandest undertaking that the ZZyZx WriterZ take on under Kimberly’s leadership is the annual organization of PoetryPalooza, a yearly arts, poetry, and performance tour and showcase of community creativity that spans Los Angeles County. Poetrypalooza takes place annually each summer in August. The event tour is a huge passion project for Kimberly, who oversees multiple partnerships that ensure each event highlights the local culture, creativity, and artistry of each respective community. Kimberly is very proud and passionate about what she and the WriterZ have helped create and sustain with PoetryPalooza. Kimberly has seen how this passion project has served to unite and nurture all who share their gifts and attend this celebration unique to Los Angeles.

 

Poetry is important to Kimberly as it is a muse to the other art forms and vice versa, as well as being vital to younger generations who need a means to express their ideals, dreams, frustrations, and ideas. A successful published poet and acclaimed performer herself, Kimberly understands the importance of crafting personal yet universal statements through spoken word and movement. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as the ZZyZx WriterZ anthologies, the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, and other publications. Her performances, often combine her poetry with belly dance have been enjoyed as part of PoetryPalooza across LA, as well as the Green Salon in Downey, the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, the La Puente Artwalk, and many other venues, festivals, and events.

 

Kimberly is very motivated to share her poetry and help others while doing it. Aside from curating at Holy Grounds and directing PoetryPalooza, she has overseen and developed poetry workshops and organized the SGV Poetry in Motion teen and youth event at the Arcadia Library with Nuvein as part of the SGV Poetry Festival. Additionally, Kimberly has been the organizer of the Poet’s Corner at the La Puente Artwalk, a growing spoken word, music, and performance art destination during the quarterly event. In fact, she was one of the featured poets at the inaugural edition of the La Puente Artwalk, then organized solely by the Nuvein Foundation.

 

As a poet, Kimberly draws inspiration for her works from her personal experience and the shared experience of some of her favorite poets and authors. Among her favorite poems are “The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes, “Romancero Gitano” by Federico Garcia Lorca, & “Full Moon and You’re Not Here” by Sandra Cisneros. As an organizer, she admittedly sees inspiration in the personal journeys and labors of her parents, who continue to inspire her to this day.

 

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Nuvein works to establish a SGV Literary Arts Council

The SGV Literary Arts Council was an idea based out of the 3LP project. Both the council and the project are not currently focuses of Nuvein, but many positive outcomes were met by pursuing these goals. 

“We gather together now, all of us, simply on account of four reasons and four reasons only.

First, because it is beyond silly and escapes understanding that all us organizations, individuals, and groups that are working towards related ends [promoting literature, literacy, and creative expression or letters] should be so separate and apart from one another.

Second, because as much as our individual groups have achieved with our respective communities, and group of supporters, how much more could we achieve if we but work together, and we all need some form of help.

Third, because the San Gabriel Valley deserves our combined effort to unleash all of its suppressed, oppressed, and otherwise silent creative genius and force to be seen all around so as to rival other areas known for arts and culture.

Fourth and last, because we must think of those that will succeed us, those young artists and writers, poets and authors, that need us now more than ever, in stark times, to tell them ‘above all, in spite and despite it all, no matter what, write, write well, and write your heart out.” – Chris Trevilla

Beginning in March 2012, and meeting every two months afterwards, a collection of non-profits, writers clubs, poetry groups, and community organizations dedicated to the encouragement and support of writers of all genre began to meet in hopes of establishing greater partnerships between groups and members, as well as join together to provide greater support for each respective group.

Moderated by Christopher Trevilla, acting president of the Nuvein Foundation, and hosted by John Brantingham of Mount San Antonio College Creative Writing and curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival, this collective welcomes any and all groups, individuals, and organizations working towards the empowerment of human expression in the written and spoken form. Thus these groups have gathered to form the Literary Arts Council of the San Gabriel Valley.

Among the groups represented, involved, or included in this collective are:

Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts aka Nuvein Foundation

Un Poquito Mas Arte! La Puente Art Walk (UPMA!)

San Gabriel Valley Literature Festival aka SGV LitFest

Valley Poets

Writer’s Club of WhittierPoetry Workshop aka Whittier Poetry Group

ZZyZx WriterZ Group aka ZZyZx WriterZ

PoetryPalooza

San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group aka Coffee House Writer’s Group

A Few Lines Magazine aka A Few Lines

Creepy Gnome Magazine aka Creepy Gnome

Emerging Urban Poets

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

Between the Bars Open Mic


Parties interested in participating in this collective are encouraged contactany of the following members:

Chris Trevilla at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

John Brantingham at johnmbrantingham@aol.com.

Christine Marie Bryant at depodol@aol.com